Clinical Nurse Specialist (CNS): From Books to the Bedside to the Boardroom

Author(s): Zellinger Mary Jane

Contact Hours 0.63

CERP C 0.63

Expires May 31, 2026

Topics: Career Development

Population: Lifespan

Role: Staff, APRN

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

The essential responsibilities, activities and skills required for the new and experienced CNS provide a variety of opportunities, and sometimes challenges. This intermediate session examines successful strategies for transitioning into the role, ensuring a thorough orientation, determining specific needs of the assigned population, nurses and the hospital and strategies to guarantee ongoing growth. Addressing and overcoming challenges is discussed.


  • Describe the elements needed to ensure a successful transition into the CNS role.
  • Identify goals and strategies to create your best future and be unstoppable in your 1, 5 and 10 year plan.
  • Discuss attributes needed in a mentor to help you achieve your goals.

Continuing Education Disclosure Statement

Successful Completion

Learners must attend/view/read the entire activity, read Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes, and complete the associated evaluation to be awarded the contact hours or CERP. No partial credit will be awarded.


The American Association of Critical-Care Nurses is accredited as a provider of nursing continuing professional development by the American Nurses Credentialing Center's Commission on Accreditation.

Provider approved by the California Board of Registered Nursing, Provider number CEP 1036, for 0.00 contact hours.

Accreditation refers to recognition of continuing education only and does not imply AACN, ANCC, or CBRN approval or endorsement of any commercial products discussed or displayed in conjunction with this educational activity.


Any relevant relationship between an ineligible company and an individual with the ability to influence clinical content will be identified by the Nurse Planner within the activity. Any relevant relationship between an ineligible company and an individual with the ability to influence clinical content has been mitigated.

AACN programming meets the standards for most states that require mandatory continuing education contact hours for license and/or certification renewal. AACN recommends consulting with your state board of nursing or credentialing organization before submitting CE to fulfill continuing education requirements.

Refund Policy

Continuing Education Activities are nonrefundable.